We tend to hate on Hollywood studios because of the movie projects they choose to fund (Transformers 4, anyone?). So much of typical Hollywood product tends to be huge, expensive spectacles with little-to-no story, heavy special effects and poor acting. So, we at ScreenCrave have decided to help jump behind the indie film. Below you’ll find some of the best indie trailers of the week, plus unknown projects featured on sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo that need your help to get made. Check out this week’s picks below.
- THE SLEEPWALKER: Brady Corbet (Simon Killer) is returning to Sundance this year with The Sleepwalker. Starring Corbet, former Girls‘ Christopher Abbott, Gitte Witt and Stephanie Ellis, the movie tells the story of a young couple whose lives are violently disrupted when an unexpected family member shows up unannounced. Corbet co-wrote The Sleepwalker with Mona Fastvold, who also serves as director. The film will debut at Sundance on January 20th. Here’s the trailer:
- DEAD DAD: Directed by Ken J. Adachi, Dead Dad tells the story of three estranged siblings, who come together in the wake of their father’s death. Russell, Jane and their adopted brother, Alex, come home to tend to his remains. The three must overcome their differences to achieve a proper goodbye and discover what it means to be a family without their dad. The movie hit some festivals last year, and got picked up by FilmBuff, who is releasing the pic on VOD starting February 4th. Here’s the trailer (via IndieWire):
- BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR: One of the most controversial films of 2013 is finally being released on Blu-ray and DVD (through the Criterion Collection) next month (February 25th). Abdellatif Kechiche‘s lesbian drama Blue Is The Warmest Color, starring Lea Seydoux and newcomer Adele Exarchopoulos tells the story of two young women who fall in love. The latest trailer for the steamy film focuses on its breakthrough star Miss Exarchopoulos. Check it out:
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- IN BLOOM: In Bloom looks like a spectacular piece of filmmaking. Directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Grob, this coming-of-age film tells of two young girls growing up against a background of civil war in Georgia in the 1990s. In Bloom has already won several awards, and was Georgia’s submission to the 2014 Academy Awards. The Brooklyn-based distribution company Big World Pictures is hoping to release this movie, but needs your help to do so. Head over to Kickstarter to see how you can help. But first, here’s the trailer:
Those are the projects we have for you this week. Be sure to check back every week for our Best Indie Film Trailers of the Week–helping you stay informed about indie cinema.
Which of these projects interests you?